Magnesium is a mineral that many associate with calcium – for strengthening bones – but this vital mineral is much more than that. It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and impacts blood pressure, metabolism, immune function and many other aspects of health. Unfortunately, it is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
How do you know if you are deficient? There are some simple blood tests that your healthcare practitioner can use to determine magnesium deficiency. The following are common reasons for magnesium deficiency: Continue reading “Magnesium is the Mineral You Need Now”
The headline article in my recent edition of Ellen’s Healthy Bites, an email newsletter I send out once per month that is full of the most relevant health/nutrition topic of the day, was “Vitamin D: A Public Service Announcement”. I felt so strongly that it was imperative to educate my readership about the important issue of Vitamin D deficiency, that it should be a Public Service Announcement (PSA).
The PSA is simple. It reads:
***Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Ask to get your Vitamin D levels tested. Do the same for your children, your elderly parents, and anyone else you care about. ***
Why is Vitamin D Deficiency such a big deal?
Continue reading “Vitamin D and Your Health: Why you want to pay attention to this vital nutrient”